News stories indicate Leland D. Russell, 29, opened fire at the restaurant and gas station where he had parked haphazardly at the pumps, blocking traffic. Russell apparently didn't like being asked to move his vehicle.
Dead is David Christianson, 52, the store's manager and a new employee, Carlos Gonzalez.
Russell later blamed the shooting on the disrespectful words spoken by men working across the street from the business.
Russell's companion was black.
The crime was committed August 20, 2014 in Kent, Washington.
From our news source we read:
The Burien man accused of killing two employees at a Kent gas station Wednesday told police he opened fire after a group of construction workers directed racial slurs at him and a friend, according to a court document released Thursday.
Leland D. Russell, 29, who is being held for investigation of two counts of first-degree homicide, was captured on surveillance video at the combination Shell gas station and Wendy’s restaurant shooting the victims at close range, a statement of probable cause alleges.
Russell told investigators that construction workers at the gas station had directed racial slurs at him and the friend, according to the affidavit, which outlines the police case. The two station employees intervened.
Russell, who identified his friend only as “Sac,” said that if he hadn’t shot the men, his friend’s family would have killed him for failing to stand up for him, police wrote in the affidavit.
Russell said the fight was over “disrespect,” police said.
The affidavit does not indicate what was said to the two men, but Russell is described in the document as Hispanic and his companion described as black. There was no description of the construction workers Russell claims uttered the racial slurs.
The affidavit also does not mention where the construction workers were employed, but there was a construction crew working across the street from the gas station Wednesday.
The confrontation was allegedly sparked after Russell parked a black Cadillac at gas pumps in a haphazard manner, blocking access to other cars.
On Thursday, King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman ordered Russell held in lieu of $2 million bail. Russell waived his right to appear at the bail hearing in the King County Jail courtroom.
“Clearly, the defendant has a callous disregard for human life,” Deputy Prosecutor TinaMarie Masters said in her argument for the high bail. Prosecutors say their deadline to file felony charges is Monday.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified David Christianson, 52, as one of the two victims. The owner of the gas station, Ariff Gulamani, identified the second victim as Carlos Gonzalez.
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